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Raising money for babies born pre-maturely at March for Babies

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Sunday morning, Eastern Iowans walked to help make sure babies have a healthy start in life. Nearly 2,000 people took part in the March for Babies on the Rockwell Collins campus in Cedar Rapids.

The event is the premier fundraiser for the March of Dimes organization. The money raised supports research and other programs to help babies.

March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and supports babies who are born pre-maturely. In the United States, one in nine babies are premature.

"This march is so important because more than 11% of our babies are pre-mature and that leads to other health concerns," said Chad Simmons, Iowa March of Dimes Chair. "By reducing pre-maturity, again, we're going to allow everybody to be healthy, happy, and live prosperous lives."

March of Dimes has been fighting pre-mature birth since 2003. The organization was originally founded 75 years ago to prevent polio, a mission they succeeded in by funding research leading to a vaccine.

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